- 1948-2004 (Creation)
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20 cm of textual records
Name of creator
Florence Vale, Canadian artist, was born on April 18, 1909 in llford, Essex, England and died on July 23, 2003 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her family immigrated to Toronto two years after her birth, where she grew up with an interest in music. She married artist Albert Franck on June 8, 1929, and together they bought a house on Hazelton Avenue in Toronto which became a centre for artists, writers, musicians, and critics. Florence Vale was the mother of two children, Trudy (who died as an infant) and Anneke.
Florence Vale began to paint with her husband’s paints and brushes in the late 1940’s with no previous artistic training-only what she had learned under the influence of her husband and the artists who visited her home. Her art was influenced by Surrealism, Cubism, Expressionism, and the works of Paul Klee. After her husband’s death in 1973, Florence Vale continued to express her artistic ability with oil paints, collages, and ink, also including her own poetry in some of her works. Many of her works, most prominently after the death of her husband, were erotic, while still viewed by critics as keeping a whimsical, innocent tone. Her art appeared in exhibitions throughout Ontario, with exhibitions also in Quebec and New York, U.S.A. She was associated with the Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto.
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Series comprises gallery documents, magazines, and newspaper clippings. Series includes gallery notices of exhibition acceptances of Florence Vale’s and Albert Franck’s art and gallery exhibition catalogues, pamphlets, and invitations. Series includes a list of exhibitions in which Florence Vale’s artwork was displayed. Series includes magazines saved by Florence Vale that include mentions of her and/or Albert Franck. Magazines have handwritten notations providing location of mentions and articles. Series also includes newspaper clippings of articles and illustrative material about Florence Vale and/or Albert Franck. Series includes invitation and letters to Florence Vale about her attendance and speech (speech notes included) at the Symposium of Canadian Artists.
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No further accruals are expected.
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Conditions governing access
Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Please contact the reference desk for more information.
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Copyright is held by the heirs of Florence Vale. Copyright belonging to other parties, such as that of photographs, may still rest with the creator of these items. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds/collection.
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Originally prepared in 2012, revised in 2015